MNS proposal to rename Malabar Hill gathers dust

Almost a month after the proposal to rename Malabar Hill as ‘Ramnagari’ was supposed to come up in BMC’s general body meeting,the move seems to have fizzled out.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: July 17, 2013 1:01 am

Almost a month after the proposal to rename Malabar Hill as ‘Ramnagari’ was supposed to come up in BMC’s general body meeting,the move seems to have fizzled out.

The proposal had come up last for hearing on June 27,but the session was adjourned in honour of the lives lost in the Uttarakhand floods. Since then,the civic body has conducted three such meetings with no mention of the proposal. The next meet is scheduled on Wednesday.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) corporator Dilip Lande,who had put forth the proposal demanding the posh locality be renamed citing mythological significance,said,“I have been unable to attend the subsequent BMC meetings and will take it up in the future.”

Lande proposed that Malabar Hill be renamed Ramnagari,after the god Ram who according to myth stopped in the neighbourhood while journeying to Lanka to rescue Sita.

He had also reasoned that ‘Malabar Hill’ is an English name and needed to be changed.

“The proposal had been suggested by MNS,however I do not know about the status of the proposal,” said Sandeep Deshpande,MNS corporator and member of standing committee.

Meanwhile,civic officials say that BMC only has the authority to rename streets and chowks and only the state government can rename whole areas.

“Malabar Hill was originally named after the fishermen community who belonged to Mumbai and cannot be changed as per law,” said a senior civic official.

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